portfolio

noun
port·​fo·​lio | \ pȯrt-ˈfō-lē-ˌō How to pronounce portfolio (audio) \
plural portfolios

Definition of portfolio

1 : a hinged cover or flexible case for carrying loose papers, pictures, or pamphlets
2 [ from the use of such a case to carry documents of state ] : the office and functions of a minister of state or member of a cabinet
3 : the securities held by an investor : the commercial paper held by a financial house (such as a bank)
4 : a set of pictures (such as drawings or photographs) usually bound in book form or loose in a folder
5 : a selection of a student's work (such as papers and tests) compiled over a period of time and used for assessing performance or progress

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Portfolio is partly based on the Latin folium, meaning "leaf, sheet". A portfolio usually represents a portable showcase of your talents. Today actual portfolios are used less than they used to be by artists, since most commercial artists have a Web site dedicated to showing off their art. But portfolio in its other common meaning is extremely common. Not so long ago, a broker would keep each of his or her clients' investments in a separate notebook or portfolio. Today the investment portfolio, like an artist's portfolio, usually takes the form of a Web page, even though everyone still uses the same old word.

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Macklowe’s latest addition to its New York City portfolio, 200 East 59th Street, on Third Avenue, is pristine, modern, and more modestly priced than its sister tower a few avenues over. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments," 8 Mar. 2019 Check out his impressive portfolio on his website and on Instagram (@obrienillustration). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet the Artist Behind the Stunning Meghan Markle Portrait Featured by Beyoncé and Jay-Z," 21 Feb. 2019 Check out his complete portfolio at Vitra or make plans to visit The Noguchi Museum in New York City for full access to his life's work. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About the Noguchi Lamp," 1 Feb. 2019 Maybe long, fluttery, thirst-inspiring lashes just need a rebrand to expand their image portfolio. Sable Yong, Allure, "Why Are Mascara Names So Damn Thirsty?," 25 Sep. 2018 Any good investor will encourage you to diversify your portfolio and not put all your eggs in one basket. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Bitcoin crashing, Netflix offline and more: Tech Q&A," 22 Sep. 2018 InterContinental Hotel Group, the British conglomerate who arguably do comfortable mid-level better than anyone else, is adding another brand to their 12-strong portfolio. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Avid, a New Value Hotel Brand from InterContinental, to Open Across the U.S.," 7 Aug. 2018 The next round of mergers and acquisitions is expected to be led by Australia’s BHP Billiton, which is selling its roughly $10 billion portfolio in shale oil and gas assets in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, the report said. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Oil, gas deal surge likely in coming months," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile Everbridge has made several acquisitions of companies in Sweden, Norway, and Michigan to fill out its product portfolio. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of portfolio

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for portfolio

Italian portafoglio, from portare to carry (from Latin) + foglio leaf, sheet, from Latin folium — more at blade

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portfolio

noun

English Language Learners Definition of portfolio

: a flat case for carrying documents or drawings
: a set of drawings, paintings, or photographs that are presented together in a folder
finance : the investments that are owned by a person or organization

portfolio

noun
port·​fo·​lio | \ pȯrt-ˈfō-lē-ˌō How to pronounce portfolio (audio) \
plural portfolios

Kids Definition of portfolio

1 : a flat case for carrying papers or drawings
2 : a collection of art (as paintings) presented together in a folder

portfolio

noun
port·​fo·​lio | \ pōrt-ˈfō-lē-ō How to pronounce portfolio (audio) \

Legal Definition of portfolio

: the securities held by an investor : the commercial paper held by a financial institution (as a bank)

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